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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Lambda Legal

Making the case for equality

two stars

75.85

120 Wall Street 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
tel: (212) 809-8585   Web Site
EIN: 23-7395681

Board Leadership
John F. Stafstrom
Chair

CEO
Kevin Jennings
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 75.85 two stars
  Financial 65.98 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. At Lambda Legal, we imagine a different world - a world of full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV - and we work to create that world every day. We pursue impact litigation, education and advocacy to make the case for equality in state and federal court, the Supreme Court and in the court of public opinion. The work we do has impact on the way we live - we change laws, policies and ideas.

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. At Lambda Legal, we imagine a different world - a world of full equality for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV - and we work to create that world every day. We pursue impact litigation, education and advocacy to make the case for equality in state and federal court, the Supreme Court and in the court of public opinion. The work we do has impact on the way we live - we change laws, policies and ideas.

Financial

one star

65.98

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 05/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
62.2%
  Administrative Expenses 14.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 23.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.28
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.72
  Program Expenses Growth -4.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 19.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lambda Legal on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lambda Legal on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lambda Legal (NY) 75.85 two stars
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (NY) 93.26 four stars
Equality Florida Institute (FL) 94.62 four stars
Center on Halsted (IL) 90.24 four stars
The San Diego LGBT Community Center (CA) 89.05 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $11,315,919
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $3,871,492
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $15,187,411
   Program Service Revenue $393,991
Total Primary Revenue $15,581,402
   Other Revenue $1,217,043
TOTAL REVENUE $16,798,445
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,803,969
   Administrative Expenses $3,172,872
   Fundraising Expenses $4,905,779
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $18,882,620
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,084,175
   
Net Assets $14,560,425

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Legal Program $6,989,016 64.7%
Education and Public Affairs $3,814,953 35.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 05/01/2021 75.85 two stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 76.63 two stars
2017-10 01/09/2020 84.02 three stars
2016-10 11/01/2017 89.56 three stars
2015-10 10/01/2016 89.60 three stars
2014-10 06/01/2016 89.52 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-10 11/01/2015 90.38 four stars
2013-10 09/01/2014 92.27 four stars
2012-10 09/01/2013 91.95 four stars
2011-10 07/01/2012 83.40 three stars
2010-10 09/20/2011 83.92 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-10 09/01/2010 79.69 two stars
2008-10 10/01/2009 87.51 three stars
2007-10 07/01/2008 81.91 three stars
2006-10 09/01/2007 76.60 two stars
2005-10 07/01/2006 76.60 two stars
2004-10 07/01/2005 78.54 two stars
2003-10 09/01/2004 66.75 one star
2002-10 12/01/2003 72.34 two stars
2001-10 10/15/2002 73.42 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-7395681
Name in IRS Master File LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND INC
NTEE Code R20
NTEE Classification Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (430) Defense of human and civil rights
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date July, 1974
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • October, 2017
  • October, 2016
  • October, 2015
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$28,890 0.15% Kevin Jennings CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$389,500 2.06% Richard Burns Interim CEO
$200,022 1.05% Rachel Tiven Former CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lambda Legal (NY) 75.85 two stars
SAGE (NY) 90.87 four stars
Affirmations (MI) 86.98 three stars
Center on Halsted (IL) 90.24 four stars
The Center on Colfax (CO) 88.46 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Lambda Legal
120 Wall Street
19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
tel: (212) 809-8585
fax: (212) 809-0055
EIN: 23-7395681

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Board Leadership

John F. Stafstrom
Chair

CEO

Kevin Jennings
Chief Executive Officer

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